SORO NC Programs

SORO Tree Planting: Pico!

SORO NC tackles phase 2 of our tree planting efforts with a focus on Pico Boulevard. But we need your help.

Volunteer to help beautify Pico

Sunday, April 28 • 9:30am (sharp!)

City Parking Lot on Pico Blvd. between Livonia and Robertson (map)

Bring: please bring a broom for cleanup around tree well, and camera (optional) for fun pictures. We will supply shovel, gloves, tree, tree stakes and ties, soil amendments.

  • Volunteers can be of all ages and ability levels—there will be less-physical jobs, too.
  • Each tree will require a crew of 7 volunteers to be planted, so consider organizing a small team of friends!
  • Kids are welcome, as are families and groups of friends/neighbors who would like to work together.

2012 Community Town Hall Meeting: Organizing Your Community

SORO may be a collection of neighborhoods, but unfortunately not all of our areas have active neighborhood associations.

Having an active neighborhood association helps develop a sense of community, a strong voice when community concerns arise, and an organized response to local emergencies. With the recent spate of break-ins, it couldn’t be more timely.

Town Hall: Organizing Your Community

Thursday, December 6 • 7:00pm
Free • Open to all
Hamilton High School Cafeteria (map)
Free parking at Kincardine & Durango

Join us for a workshop-style evening where we will help you ignite the sparks of your own local group. Get to know representatives from the City Council and LAPD, hear from other homeowner associations in the area, learn about setting up email chat, neighborhood watch, block captains and more. Whether you rent or own your home, being connected is a good idea.

Visit the Town Hall page for more information. If you can’t make the meeting but are interested in this project, email us at connect@soronc.org. You can also download a meeting flyer here.

Students and families welcome. Bring your neighbors too!

Candidate Information Session

Serving on the SORO NC Board is an excellent way to become more connected with the community that surrounds you. It helps you reach out beyond your immediate neighborhood, help change the things you recognize need changing, and give back to help improve local lives. It can be a meaningful and empowering way to make Los Angeles feel a little less like a sprawling metropolis, and a little more like a small town.

Candidate filing is open between now and September 28.


This is the second of two informal eat-and-greet meetings so interested candidates can come and meet Board members and learn more. We encourage anyone who may be interested to come and say hello. You never know if you may be inspired!

You can download a flyer here, and information about which seats are empty, how to file, and what the important dates and deadlines are can all be found on our Candidate information page.

Candidate Information Session

Serving on the SORO NC Board is an excellent way to become more connected with the community that surrounds you. It helps you reach out beyond your immediate neighborhood, help change the things you recognize need changing, and give back to help improve local lives. It can be a meaningful and empowering way to make Los Angeles feel a little less like a sprawling metropolis, and a little more like a small town.

Candidate filing is open between now and September 28.


This is the first of two informal eat-and-greet meetings so interested candidates can come and meet Board members and learn more. We encourage anyone who may be interested to come and say hello. You never know if you may be inspired!

You can download a flyer here, and information about which seats are empty, how to file, and what the important dates and deadlines are can all be found on our Candidate information page.

Movie in the Park: Hoodwinked Too!

On Friday, August 3rd, Councilmember Wesson, his  staff, and SORO NC bring the family-friendly animated film Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil to our own Reynier Park (2803 Reynier Ave.). Bring your family and friends for a beautiful night of movie-watching under the stars. 

Released just last summer, Hoodwinked Too! (a sequel to 2006's Hoodwinked!) finds Red Riding Hood training with the mysterious Sister Hoods. But soon she and the Wolf are called upon to investigate the disappearance of Hansel and Gretel—and to come face to face with the evil witch Verushka. The great cast includes Glenn Close, Hayden Panettiere, Amy Poehler, Patrick Warburton, Cheech & Chong, and Joan Cusak.

Best part: it's free. All of it. Including the movie, hot dogs, candy, popcorn and a special raffle for the kids. (We do recommend bringing a blanket for the ground.) Festivities begin at 7pm and we'll start the movie as soon as it's dark enough.

Neighborhood Development

Every day there seems to be something happening in the SORO community—local events, a new business opening, new trees are being planted, KCET is filming our local history, LAPD helicopters circling above, meetings and committee updates, etc.  It's important as community members that we work together with our neighbors to do what we can to continually improve our communities.

South Robertson Neighborhoods Council (SORO NC) is made up of 10 zones. Three of those zones have established homeowners associations that allow residents to receive information easily and allow those zones to have a strong voice when community concerns arise. These are Beverlywood, Crestview and Reynier Village. Other areas have small pockets of organization, or a neighborhood association that is in need to new leadership to get it running again (e.g. Castle Heights). Others still have no formal or informal organization at all, but they do have residents with a desire to be connected to each other.

SORO NC would like to offer support to residents in all our zones to assist them in reaching out to other interested neighbors to create a framework for hyper-local dialogue. This is helpful both for sharing a sense of community, and for dealing with local problems. Whether you rent or own your home, being connected is a good idea.

2012 Outstanding Green Citizenship Award winner: Pico Cleaners

A shining example of outstanding green citizenship, Pico Cleaners has won this year's Outstanding Green Citizenship Award at the 2012 SoRo Festival.

Through its workplace environment, environmental practices, educational philosophy, and environmental leadership, Pico Cleaners has shown itself to be an outstanding steward of the earth. Among its many programs, Pico Cleaners helped pioneer an innovative, eco-friendly dry cleaning process that has no hazardous chemicals or petroleum products, with no negative impact on the air, water or soil.

We hope that Pico Cleaners' example will inspire other businesses and schools in the community to emulate their efforts to improve the environment of the community and the planet.

SORO NC partners with KCET to tell the stories of SORO

SORO NC is very excited to announce a new partnership with KCET's Departures series, to tell the stories of the South Robertson Neighborhoods.

This partnership marks the first time KCET/Departures is collaborating with a Neighborhood Council. 

Departures is an oral history project, an interactive documentary, a community engagement tool, and a digital literacy project in the online space, using video, images and text to bring Los Angeles neighborhoods to life.

As we begin exploring South Robertson with KCET, we are mapping the important places that reflect the shifts and characteristics of the community. And that's where YOU come in.

Click through to our KCET Departures page to read more and find out how you can get involved.

Together, we are looking forward to putting SORO on the map! Watch the project progress at kcet.org/soro

KCET Departures: South Robertson

KCET Departures

SORO NC is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with KCET's Departures series.

Los Angeles is often called the city of sprawl, a place with no center and no cohesiveness; a series of suburbs that erase the concept of place, neighborhood and community. But beneath the intricate web of freeways lies an amazing, contradictory city like no other. To better understand our city, KCET's Departures series has ventured deep into neighborhoods to record their social and cultural histories, collecting hundreds of stories from locals to scholars, creating multi-layered portraits of the people, places and ideas that define our city.

Departures is an oral history project, an interactive documentary, a community engagement tool, and a digital literacy project in the online space, using video, images and text to bring Los Angeles neighborhoods to life.

As we begin exploring South Robertson with KCET, we are mapping the important places that reflect the shifts and characteristics of the community. And that's where you come in.

Please send us any story or ideas that may help tell the story of South Robertson. Which places in the area are important to you, and why? Do you have any stories that relate to the neighborhood? Your contributions will help to enrich this upcoming installment of Departures!

You can read more as the project grows by visiting Departures where you can fill out a form to submit your stories. And if you have interesting photographs, documents or artifacts that help tell pieces of the SORO story, be sure to let us know!

SoRo Festival 2012: Sunday June 3rd

SoRo Community Festival

Sunday, June 3 • 11am-4pm
South Robertson Boulevard between Beverlywood St. and Cattaraugus St. (just North of 10 Freeway at the Robertson Boulevard exit)

Save the date! Open to the public, the SoRo Festival features live local musical entertainment and dancing, "Camp SoRo" offering attractions and a rock-climbing wall and free arts & crafts for children, 60 vendor booths featuring neighborhood businesses and community information, and a variety of culinary delights from some of L.A.'s hottest gourmet food trucks. The theme for this year's Festival is "SoRo Sails for 15 Years." For more information, click here.

2007 Community Town Hall Meeting: Pico/Olympic Traffic Plan

A public panel discussion on the feasibility of converting Olympic and Pico Boulevards into a one-way pair between the City of Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles Central Business District.

2011 Community Town Hall Meeting: Renewing Robertson Rec Center

7:00pm at Robertson Rec Center

An investment in our community


Update: we'll continue to have public meetings about the Rec Center, so be sure to sign up to be notified via email, Facebook, or Twitter. And if you have thoughts about what you'd like to see in a new Rec Center, email us at parkideas@soronc.org.
Council District 5 is spearheading a project to renew Robertson Recreation Center (at Preuss & Airdrome) to create a newer, better facility which can serve more community needs.

The project would create a vibrant, clean, safe and new community center with enriched activity and learning programs for youth, seniors and other segments of our community, as well as the potential to expand uses to include performing arts, community meetings and more. Located a short walk across from the Robertson Public Library, the Rec Center area would become the heart of community activity for a wide swath of our residents.

SORO NC's Town Hall

On Monday, November 7, we will gather some of the key decision makers together at the Recreation Center to host a Community Town Hall and dialogue. We will hear from Council Member Paul Koretz and see the earliest presentation of schematics and plans from the architects working at the Bureau of Engineers.

Most importantly, we want to hear from all of you. Our own annual survey indicated that many of you would use this facility more often if it had more to offer you, so we are excited about the opportunity to make that happen.

This will be the first in a series of meetings, so there is a long way to go until anything is set in stone, but we welcome your voices to the table and are looking forward to a productive dialogue and the best possible result for all our community.

Town Hall Speakers

Speakers will include:

Neil Drucker, Program Manager, Bureau of Engineering, Recreational and Cultural Facilities Manager

Neil Drucker has managed the Bureau of Engineering's Proposition K - L.A. for Kids Program since 2001. He has managed over 150 Recreation and Parks and Cultural Affairs projects during that time, including managing the $100 Million Griffith Observatory Renovation and Expansion, plus through the LA for Kids Program, has funded and assisted various non-profit agencies on their Proposition K funded projects as well. Mr. Drucker has a professional certificate in Project Management, as well as certificates in Asbestos and Lead Paint Testing and Abatement, Fundamentals of Traffic Noise Assessment, Toxic and Hazardous Materials Management, has lectured on various aspects of the Project Management field at UCLA and USC, and has spoken at various local, state and national level meetings of the Construction Management Association of America. Mr. Drucker and his professional staff are responsible for managing all aspects of the project lifecycle, from pre-design to project closeout.

Jaime Contreras, Project Manager, Bureau of Engineering, Recreational and Cultural Facilities Program


Council Member Paul Koretz

Paul Koretz is the Councilmember for the fifth district of the City of Los Angeles.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, he has had a long career as an environmentalist and animal enthusiast. SoRo has a special place in the Councilmember's heart—he went to school at Canfield, then at Palms Middle School and Hamilton High School, and ended up as a UCLA Bruin.

Where's the money coming from?

In 1996, City of Los Angeles voters passed "Proposition K", to create a citywide assessment district to create $25 million a year in funds for 30 years, specifically for the acquisition, improvement, construction and maintenance of City parks and recreation facilities. The primary purpose of Prop K is to combat the decay of the City's youth infrastructure, resulting in serious unmet needs for parks, recreation, childcare and community facilities.

The project at Robertson is at its very earliest stages, and the process for getting money, time and investment from the City will take some work. But there's real potential for this project to represent a $6-7 million investment in our community, at a time when the City is strapped. For all these reasons, SORO NC is very enthusiastic about this project, and we are committed to keeping the community involved in the process as it moves forward, so that we end up with the best solution for everyone.

2011 Town Hall: Renewing Robertson Rec Center

The Robertson Recreation Center has been a fixture of the community for years, but the building itself is decaying. Fortunately, Proposition K created substantial funding for park projects. Councilmember Koretz and his staff are working to use some of those funds to revamp our Rec Center. It's still very early in the process.

Since the project affects so many in our community, SORO NC will hold a Town Hall so that you can hear directly from City planners and engineers, ask questions, raise concerns, and voice support.

SORO NC Town Hall

Monday, November 7 • 7:00pm
Robertson Rec Center at Preuss & Airdrome (map)

The event will be the first chance to the community to learn about the proposed scope of the project and see early concept sketches (SORO NC will continue to hold smaller public meetings throughout the process to keep everyone in the loop).

You can read more about it at our Town Hall page. Hope to see you there!

Update: we'll continue to have public meetings about the Rec Center, so be sure to sign up to be notified via email, Facebook, or Twitter. And if you have thoughts about what you'd like to see in a new Rec Center, email us at parkideas@soronc.org.